On the back of the recent revival of management sim games, a new studio out of Prague has decided to tackle healthcare with an upcoming game called Project Hospital.
As the name suggests, the game revolves around building and maintaining a hospital. Players will focus on identifying diseases, researching cures, and treating as many patients as possible. They can also play the finance angle and throw ethics and sound medical practice to the wind. Studio Oxymoron Games recently put out a trailer (thanks, Eurogamer).
If you’re old enough you might notice a passing resemblance to Theme Hospital. Like that late 90s PC game, Project Hospital is isometric and menu-driven. You’ll more or less manage an array of inputs and outputs in the individual parts of your hospital and the cute little sprites you decide to stick in them. This could mean anything from to deciding what medical equipment to purchase (and how much to charge patients for its use) to which insurance companies you decide to do business with.
If you weren’t already feeling cynical about the impenetrable modern healthcare system, Project Hospital could be just the thing you’re looking for. It’s due out some time next year.